Back in the Kitchen


Meal Planning

I have had the hardest time getting back into the kitchen to make dinner. I have tons of new gadgets from Christmas and a few things that I’ve bought. None of it has motivated me to start planning meals and cooking again. I don’t wanna rely on a food/meal delivery service all the time. Continue reading


Pork & Thai Basil Stir-Fry

Pork & Thai Basil Stir-Fry
with Bok Choy, Sugar Snap Peas, Yellow Squash, Carrots
and Basmati Rice

I haven’t been cooking as much as I’d like to. Getting back into the routine of school, after-school activities, and work, has really taken a toll on the goals I’ve set for myself.


This was a simple stove-top meal. I used pre-made sauce to make it go a little faster. Continue reading


The Chives!

Of the four meals that I received from Plated, 2 had fresh chives. I was pretty stoked because I typically use freeze-dried chives because they’re something that I just have in the spice cabinet.


These are the chives from the Roasted Chicken au Jus. They we salvageable. I ended up losing about half of the chives, but moved on.

I know that this is a fresh item, which is shipped. Sometimes, depending on the season, fresh items get funky faster. Blah, blah, blah.

Whatever. I found a way to make it work. Everyone was happy. There were chives in the dish.

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Melty Monterey Jack Burgers

Melty Monterey Jack Burgers
with Red Onion Jam and Zucchini Fries

Melty Monterey Burgers

I’ve been pretty excited to get a second box from Hello Fresh. I knew the burgers would be a good, simple meal. Everyone in our house likes cheeseburgers. This twist on a classic did not disappoint. Continue reading


Adobo-Glazed Chicken

Adobo-Glazed Chicken
with Garlic Rice and Green Beans


Lily loves soy, so this Adobo sauce was a perfect addition to the chicken. She also likes rice, so it was a good meal. Continue reading


Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sliders

Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sliders
with Carrot Fries and Greek Yogurt Ranch


I have been looking forward to making this meal from our Plated box. I love buffalo sauce, but I’ve never actually made it. Continue reading


Roasted Chicken au Jus

Roasted Chicken au Jus
with Orzo and Peas


I haven’t breaded chicken without Shake ‘n Bake, so this was something new. Baking in the pan was also something I hadn’t done. I did burn myself, but that was the worst thing about this meal. Continue reading